I ASKED ABU JA'FAR (MUHAMMAD BAQIR): "ARE YOU [MAHDI (PBUH)] THE QAIM? He ordained: "I am the son of the Messenger of God (saas) and from his lineage. God is Who does what He wants." When I addressed my question again, he said: "I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE TRYING TO GET AT. YOUR LORD HAS A WIDE BELLY AND AN ADMIRABLE CHARM."
(Muhammad b. Ibrahim Nomani, Kitab al-Ghaybah (Tehran, 1397), p. 216. [ISAM inventory number: 016351])